Literally: behead – new – strange – extract
Alternately: Completely new. Unprecedented. Often used to describe a novel idea or unconventional way of thinking.
Notes: Compare and contrast this compound with prior entry 奇想天外.
It is an error to replace 斬 with its cousin 漸 (zen) “gradual,” or 奇 with homophone 寄, “bring near.”
“Hey, what if we made… a bookshelf that wasn’t very good at holding books!” “How novel!”
I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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